MAY 7, 2021 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"Staff Notes"
by Dr. Paolo Bordignon, Organist and Choirmaster
Each Christmas, one of our choir members writes a Christmas Carol Quiz for her family and she invites us to join in the fun. A recent edition challenged us to identify favorite carols from a single line of text: the second line of the second verse. It’s great fun, it’s tricky, and it’s definitely humbling. I’m reminded of this as I share part of a favorite hymn.
Beginning this Sunday, May 9 at 5 pm
Spring has come to New York City and the COVID infection rates in the City are declining. Thanks be to God! Restaurants, theaters, museums, and other venues are beginning to re-open and we will begin in-person worship again at St. Bart’s on Sunday, May 9 (Mother's Day) at 5 pm, by welcoming a smaller 25-person congregation to attend this service. It is important to reserve a seat! Later, we plan to increase numbers gradually to a maximum of 60 persons. We will continue to ask all attendees to remain masked through the service and to maintain appropriate social distancing. Kindly note that due to construction in the Church, this Sunday's service will take place in the Chapel, but we will return to the Church next Sunday. Learn more and register here.

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Save the Date!
Thursday, May 20 at 7 pm via Zoom
The entire parish is invited to a virtual Town Hall, hosted by the Rector and Wardens. 
Please stay turned for further details.

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
MAY 9, 2021
Spiritual Postures for the Afterliving
How can we faithfully respond to the traumas we face? Boston University professor Shelly Rambo, an expert on the theology of trauma, finds guidance in the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers preaches. Download our service leaflet to follow along with us as we livestream Sunday morning worship from the church on our website, Facebook and YouTube. Read our tips and tricks for worship online.

Sunday, May 9
Episcopal Charities is a major contributor to the work of Crossroads at St. Bart’s. Some disheartening statistics: Last May, 10% of New Yorkers reported being food insecure. That number jumped to 14% by December and 19% of adults in New York reported having children in their households who were not eating enough. Episcopal Charities was founded in 1996 and, since then, they have granted more than $17 million to local programs affiliated with parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New York serving these people in need. All of this is made possible by generous individuals, congregations, foundations and corporations that share in their commitment to caring. We encourage you to give as able. Donate here.

This Mother’s Day, consider a tribute gift in honor of a mother you know and love – a thoughtful and perfect way to celebrate someone important in your life. We will print the names in next Sunday’s service leaflet.
MEET US AFTER CHURCH


for a list of groups meeting after church each week. 
Newcomers welcome to all groups! 


ONGOING AND UPCOMING
Saturdays, May 8-June 26, 10-11 am
The Saturday discussion group reflects on the many identities and enduring appeal of Jesus. Diana Butler Bass' book Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence serves as a guide and basis for discussion. The March 21 session of The Forum focused on the book and featured Butler Bass herself as a guest.

Sunday, May 16, 1:30 pm 
The Peace Book Club continues its discussion of Jesus and the Disinherited, a classic work about the connection between Christianity and social justice by Howard Thurman. Thurman was the dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University and served as a major influence on The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please read chapters 3 and 4 in advance.

Wednesdays, April 28-May 26, 7-8 pm
The whole world has been living through the trauma of COVID-19 over the past year and some months. How do we emerge in a way that allows us to simultaneously acknowledge the pain we've endured and move forward? Join the Reverend Peter Thompson for a discussion based on Shelly Rambo's wide-ranging book Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma. Please read the second chapter before the next session.

Tuesdays, April 13-May 11, 6:30-8 pm
Musicologist and singer Kerry McCarthy, PhD, who recently wrote authoritative biographies of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, outlines the development of English choral music during the pivotal Tudor period. 

Wednesdays at 1 pm
Thoughtful reflection and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday readings, hosted by the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe. To join our Weekly Bible Study online, please contact Liz Gillespie.
 
Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 5 pm, and Fridays at 9 am. Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! To join our email list to receive updates on centering prayer, contact Manny Rodriguez-Leach.

AND MORE
May 10 at 7:30 pm
With the introduction of ranked choice voting in NYC, this year’s historic June 2021 primary election has the potential to profoundly transform our city government. Join a virtual conversation about why ranked choice voting and this election matter, then sign up for a session breaking down the logistics.

Tuesday, May 11 at 7 pm
The St. Bart’s Players host a reunion reading of their beloved 2014 production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Our Town,” featuring nearly the entire cast from their 2014 production. The play’s themes seem like the perfect tonic for these times, celebrating the truth of our moment-to-moment existence, and a reminder of what is important in our lives.

An Evening with Bishop Mary D. Glasspool, Bishop Assistant, The Episcopal Diocese of New York
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:00 pm Via Zoom with Q&A
The Church Club of New York, an New York-based organization of Episcopal laypeople, warmly invites all St. Bart's parishioners to a special event with Bishop Mary D. Glasspool, Bishop Assistant of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, held this year in lieu of its annual dinner. Click here to register.

Our fabulous restaurant reopens for lunch and dinner on Monday, May 17! Lunch service begins at 11:30 am, Dinner at 5:30 pm, and Social Hour 3-5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. For reservations and information, please visit insideparknyc.com, @insideparkny on Instagram or call 212-593-3333.

If you are a morning person, we need you! Volunteers are needed to cook a delicious breakfast for our guests, serve the meal in go-to bags, or clean up after. Volunteer today.
Summer Camp at St. Bart's is open for registration! Children 2 through 6 years old will enjoy a wide variety of activities at our day camp, from games and athletics, music and movement, and arts and crafts, to science experiments, yoga and drama for the older campers. Our shaded rooftop playground and newly renovated 26,000 square foot gym provide the setting for hours of fun under the supervision of our experienced camp counselors. Each session is two weeks. 10% sibling discount.

St. Bart's Community Preschool is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. For over 40 years, our preschool has provided a warm, nurturing first school experience.

DAILY PRAYER
Do you desire a few moments of peace at the end of each day? Join the St. Bart's community for Night Prayer each weekday evening at 8:30 pm. Clergy and lay officiants will lead brief services based on or inspired by the ancient office of Compline.

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